Friday, March 13, 2009

Indigenous Kowanyama Aboriginal Peoples and Climate Change: Video on Sea Level Rise

From United Nations University's OurWorld 2.0 project comes an informative video on how climate change is effecting indigenous peoples. In this video, the indigenous Kowanyama aboriginal peoples discuss how sea level rise will impact them.

Two quotes from the video and the OurWorld 2.0 project.

“When that whole ocean comes and rises up, where are we going to go?” ponders Inherkowinginambana, a Kunjen elder from Kowanyama, a coastal Aboriginal community in tropical Queensland, Australia.

“Every year it (the tide) comes in, it goes a bit further up….once it hits the swamps, that will kill all the plant life, and the waterways” adds an Aboriginal ranger who works with local elders to protect Aboriginal country and culture.


This video brief and article complements the on-going Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Assessment. It forms part of the work of the UNU-IAS Traditional Knowledge Initiative. The UNU would like to thank the Christensen Fund for their support for this intiative.

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